A Night at the Fight
Billy the Kid won. That is, Bilal Dib won the International Boxing Federation featherweight championship at Homebush on Friday night. Helena and I – not aficionados of boxing – were there to cheer him on.
He comes from the Dib family, well known for its public service in Sydney. His father Ali Dib was on the board of Lakemba mosque, Sydney’s largest, when I was Premier. He is an impressive community leader. I got to know him and his youngsters at Ramadan celebrations.
A very impressive family, this. One son, Jihad, is a transformative principal at Punchbowl Boys High (see notes on my visit to the school); another a police officer; another sells luxury cars; and Billy is dedicated to boxing.
Billy started boxing in 2004 and went on to win his next 20 matches until losing to Steven Luevano in October 2008. He made his comeback in March 2009, winning in Cambelltown against Davey Browne. The match Helena and I saw last night was his 33rd and he won it on points over 12 rounds.
Billy’s match record is now 32-one (that’s 32 wins to one loss), including 19 knockouts.
His dancing boots – his nimble footwork – has to be seen to be believed. As we arrived his father and brothers told me he was in top form and so it proved to be.